Under Armour Hovr Drive 2 Golf Shoe Review

Has Under Armour been able to improve on it's impressive Hovr Drive series?

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Golf Monthly Verdict

One of the most complete spiked golf shoes of 2022, the Hovr Drive 2 builds brilliantly on its predecessor. Great grip, plenty of support and a new, sleeker look, Under Armour has upped its game once again.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent traction in all conditions

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    Creates a 'locked in' and supportive feeling

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    One of the better looking spiked models in 2022

Reasons to avoid
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    Slightly firm out of the box

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Under Armour Hovr Drive 2 Golf Shoe Review

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Under Armour has only been manufacturing golf footwear products since 2016, but it has made a significant imprint on the golf footwear industry in that time, becoming a trusted brand for comfort and traction on course. In collaboration with world-famous biomechanist Jean-Jaques Rivet, Under Armour has been able to continually bring new innovations to golf footwear and the Under Armour Hovr Drive 2 is a culmination of advanced traction and a sleeker overall aesthetic. We loved the new, spikeless Under Armour HOVR Tour SL that was launched this year, so how did Under Armour's newest spiked shoe fare?

The new Hovr Drive 2 addresses the specific needs of golfers, supporting your feet during the very specific movement of the golf swing. As much as we may not think it, the golf swing is a highly athletic movement and we all need the right equipment and grip on our feet to aid those movements. 

The spiked outsole of the Under Armour HOVR Drive 2 golf shoe

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As such, the Hovr Drive 2 has applied the science of biomechanics in the design on its outsole to develop rotational, horizontal, vertical and internal traction. The most convincing of this traction comes from the new 3D moulded heel cup construction, which effectively creates a vacuum around the heel, locking it in for incredible levels of stability. Combined with the energy return of the midsole, it’s an almost unmatched feeling of grip and stability on the golf course. Under Armour nailed the spikeless outsole on the aforementioned HOVR Tour SL and the spiked outsole on this shoe matches that. 

Alongside working on the four dimensional traction in the Hovr Drive 2, Under Armour has introduced a new upper silhouette which is much sleeker than previous models. The upper has been brought closer to the foot to help increase the locked-in feeling created by the heel cup and outsole while making for a more dynamic looking silhouette. 

The upper of the Under Armour HOVR Drive 2 golf shoe

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Despite this locked in feeling, comfort remains a key characteristic of the Hovr Drive 2. While the initially feeling out of the box may be on the firmer side, the Hovr foam quickly softens after wearing the shoes for a round. There is an abundance of energy return and comfort on offer thanks to Under Armour’s proprietary Hovr cushioning foam. Placed strategically in the midsole, Hovr foam supports that natural motion of the golf swing while also providing a soft feel on the bottom of your foot. Combined with the four dimensional traction, the Hovr Drive 2 is one of the most complete spiked golf shoes of the year. 

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Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan has been with Golf Monthly team since 2021. He graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and looks after equipment reviews and buying guides, specializing in golf shoe, golf bag, golf cart and apparel reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes and is an expert in the field. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 6.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. 

Dan's current clubs: 

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 

Fairway: TaylorMade Stealth 2 15°

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Cobra King Tec Utility, Ping i230 (5-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

Ball: Titleist AVX